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IL advances in playoffs

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By Eric Rowell

Eric Rowell

For The Lancaster News

INDIAN LAND – A fast start helped the Indian Land Lady Warriors make quick work of C.A. Johnson in the opening round of the Class A Upper State girls basketball playoffs Monday night.

The host Lady Warriors bolted to a 6-2 lead, but C.A. Johnson charged back to grab a 7-6 edge. Indian Land had a quick answer, using a 10-2 run to gain a 16-9 lead after one period.

C.A. Johnson, the fourth-place team in conference IV-A, never recovered and fell 68-33 to the Lady Warriors.

“Our youth showed up in the game and we were a little unsure of ourselves,” Indian Land girls coach Tamara Jacobus said.

Post player Shelby McConnell triggered the Lady Warriors, hitting eight of her 16 points in the first quarter.

“Shelby played her best game of the year,” Jacobus said. “She was outstanding on the boards and gave us an offensive spark.”

Indian Land, 19-5, including a 12-0 mark in conference III-A, held a 36-19 lead at the break.

“We came into this game ready to play,” Jacobus said. “We were coming off of two tough games with Chesterfield and Buford, but our focus was on task at hand tonight.”

Indian Land had three girls in double figures, with McConnell and Mariah Williams each hitting 16.

McConnell hit 10 in the first half, while Williams netted 10 in the second half. Jelissa Gordon netted 12, six in each half. Brittany Montgomery hit nine and Amanda Gullickson supplied six points.

Hannah Harris scored five and Jessica Floyd finished with four points.

C.A. Johnson was led by the game-high points of Jamie Corbett, who hit 18. Whitney Green scored nine, nailing three treys.

Indian Land now puts its focus to second-round play Thursday when Indian Land hosts Landrum, which defeated Nintey-Six in opening round play Monday night.